I thought I would post the song Jess and the bridal party walked down the aisle to earlier this year during our wedding. I know of no song that captures the beauty and excitement of the marriage union between Christ and His Bride (the Church). The song itself is based off of Revelation 21:2 and Isaiah 61:10. I tried looking up the biographical info of the writer but could not find anything on the internet. I first decided to use this song when my best man Adam Barnes used it in his wedding. I chose to use this song in hopes that those in attendance would set their minds and hearts on what our wedding was representative of, namely Christ’s marriage to the church. Marriages are the clearest and most dramatic expressions of our relationship with Christ (Ephesians 5:22-33) therefore we thought it would be appropriate to use this song rather than the standard piano or pipe organ (which also would have been amazing) for our wedding. Instead of allowing the intensity of the music to move people we thought that the lyrics in and of themselves were enough to do this although it was quite an amazing experience to hear the key change on the last verse when the doors opened and the crowd rose for Jessica’s entrance. We used a piano, a violin, and a guitar for the instruments and our friends Jason and Donna Shaw sang.
The actual music that you hear in the audio is not the original composition but was actually composed by Zachary Smith who was a member at the church I was at while in Lynchburg, VA. As you listen you can hear that it basically works itself out like a contemporary worship song. I apologize about the audio as it was done on the fly at a friends house on my laptop with a cheap mic. The person singing is my college buddy and friend Brady Rose.
O church of God, thou spotless bride,
On Jesus’ breast secure;
No stains of sin in thee abide,
Thy garments all are pure.
Of unity and holiness
Thy gentle voice doth sing;
Of purity and lowliness
Thy songs in triumph ring.
Thou lovely virgin, thou art fair,
Thy mothers only child;
Thy heav’nly music let me hear,
Thy voice is sweet and mild.
Thy cheeks adorned with jewels bright,
Thy neck with chains of gold;
Unfurl thy banners in thy might,
Thy graces rich unfold.
She stood attired in spotless dress
The early morning through,
And then into the wilderness
On eagle’s wings she flew.
And nourished there from heav’nly clime,
She lived for many years;
Now, in this blessed evening time
Her glory reappears.
She leans upon an Arm of love
No sin her garments taints;
They’re made of linen wov’n above
The righteousness of saints.
The marriage of the Lamb is come,
His bride all ready stands; T
he Bridegroom soon will take her home
To dwell in heav’nly lands.